Martinique Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 56%, Martinique is yet another one of those cool little French outposts where things come across just a little bit more "chic" than what they do back home. It must be the accent of the locals, n'cest-ce pas? Anyway, this island paradise is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves French lifestyle, whether it's the great food, perfect beaches, or just doing some good old fashion "people-watching" in the fashionable capital of Fort-de-France. But while Martinique is definitely a hip place, it also has a rougher, more dangerous side in the form Mount Pelée, a volcano that blew its stack in the early 1900's and nearly decimated the entire island. While still active today, the mountain provides a picturesque trek that will still get you home before sunset. Finding a place to enjoy this sunset isn't so much a challenge as the options are quite extensive and include such places as Ste. Anne, Ste. Luce, Cap Chevalier, and Les Salines beaches. If you're really adventurous, take a dive off of Diamond Rock, a giant seaside rock once used by the British as a fort and now a magnet for scuba divers. But there are a lot other options away from the sand and the sea. Take a drive along the scenic Route de la Trace, which winds up a mountain through lush tropical forests. Make your way to Gorge de la Falaise, a canyon that offers some spectacular views. Continue to the Caravelle Peninsula, a nature reserve that features diverse landscapes, from mangrove swamps to white sand beaches. Discover the wondrous trees and flowers at Balata Gardens, or learn everything you ever wanted to know about bananas at the Le Musée de la Banane. Make pit stops at the grand Habitation Clement, one of the most famous plantation homes in the Caribbean, and La Pagerie, the plantation where the Empress Josephine of France was raised. In short Martinique is a Francophile dreamland that will exceed all your expectations.
|Events & Festivals||Beaches |
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Keep an eye out for the tell-tale smoke as you trek up the face of Martinique's Mount Pelée, the sight of the 20th century's worst volcanic disaster. This cataclysmic event occurred in 1902 and resulted in the deaths of approxi....
|Coordinates:||14° 38' 49.3"N, 61° 1' 6"W|
|Government:||French Overseas Terrirtory|
|Currency:||Euro (€ EUR)|
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